Posted Sep 27, 2007 18:29 UTC (Thu) by iabervon
In reply to: gcc ports
Parent article: MadWifi developers move to ath5k
A lot of microcontrollers embedded in existing devices use architectures that GCC doesn't support. A lot of them actually use an architecture that's been around for 27 years and has never gotten a GCC port: the 8051. GCC also doesn't support PIC microcontrollers. Then there are FPGA-based systems, which need an entirely different firmware design. In fact, most embedded platforms that GCC targets will have embedded flash, meaning that firmware wouldn't be part of drivers anyway; the hardware would come with a version installed, and any changes would be released by the vendor as a download that users can install at their leisure.
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